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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Sheridan LeFanu Narrator: Tracey Childes Publisher: Fantom Films Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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Laura and her father live a quiet life in their remote castle in the dense forests of Styria. It is a solitary existence for young Laura, who has no companionship except for her governess and the occasional visits of neighbouring gentry. Into this lonely life comes the mysterious house guest, Carmilla.

Slowly Laura falls under Carmilla's spell. While she is both attracted and repulsed by Carmilla, she seems unable to find the energy to resist her.

A spate of sudden wasting deaths afflict the peasants in the countryside around the castle and Laura herself falls ill. Will they manage to work out the cause of her illness in time or will she just be the latest victim of the vampire Carmilla?

ABOUT THE READER: Tracey has just finished a sell-out run playing Martha to Matthew Kelly's George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at London's Trafalgar Studios. Tracey is best known for playing Lynne Howard in the popular 80s drama Howards' Way, and Linda Cosgrove in the long running Born and Bred. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 2/20/2014

    " 'Carmilla' is one of the earliest vampire tales in English prose - I believe it was first published at the close of the eighteenth century. It definitely isn't 'Dracula' but it is interesting to trace the evolution of the literary vampire and locate the similarities between early literary vampires and later representations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/10/2014

    " Forget Buffy, True blood and other trashy, dull-as-ditchwater upstarts. This is effective mix of Gothic romanticism and authentic vampire folklore, set in Styrian castle where narrator Laura and her father get lovely and mysterious guest, rosy-cheeked brunette called Carmilla. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/28/2014

    " I'm glad I finally read this in full, not just the excerpt one of my teachers showed me a few years ago. I love it. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Princesschaos Brutile | 1/26/2014

    " I think this is a great book for anyone that likes Vampire novels or just wants something different to read. The story is amazing and always kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more. The only thing i did not enjoy about this book was how short it was but besides for that this is an amazing book. Check it out if you have time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 1/25/2014

    " Classy vampire novella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Taylor | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting lesbian vampire novella. Predates Dracula by 25 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luna Nethera | 1/16/2014

    " I loved it, its amazing. You can really grasp the erotic and sensual feel about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/15/2014

    " The classic vampire story by the best writer of supernatural fiction ever. Made into innumerable movies. The erotic imagery and lesbian undertones ensure that it has never been out of print. I first read it when I was an impressionable teenager and had to look up what a 'schloss' was, and read it again last year as an even more impressionable adult... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 12/30/2013

    " An intresting book if you are looking into the history of the English Vampire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.K. Rockin | 12/3/2013

    " A wonderfully Gothic novel, and by that I mean I was bewildered by- but also highly enjoyed- the enormous run-on sentences and overblown descriptions. I found the ending perplexingly simple; one keeps expecting a twist, but no twist ever comes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy El | 11/1/2013

    " interesting take on friendship between girls in Victorian England. entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chalise | 10/23/2013

    " A delightful free book from kindle. It is a great read that predates Dracula and I think praises should be sung for this delightfully Gothic book!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 9/23/2013

    " Dramatic irony through anagrams? How deliciously novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryse | 9/20/2013

    " It feels a little weird to read girl-on-girl romance being portrayed realistically, especially at a time where being gay was not an open subject. At some points, in terms of lushness of the visuals and the dark ambiance, I think it's better than Stroker. Can't wait to finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MountainShelby | 1/23/2012

    " A must-read for Vampire fans. Le Fanu is very accessible, making Carmilla a quick and fun read. I most enjoyed the gothic setting, bizarre erotica, and pre-Dracula ending. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 9/18/2011

    " Loved it. A classic Victorian Gothic Horror. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/16/2011

    " Bit of a classic in queer studies, but also a on-again-off-again decent vampire story. Our narrator and heroine does seem to suffer from the chronic blockheadedness that heroines in such books tend towards, but there is a nice bit of lore about origins and, fascinating to me, rules of the vampire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Lesnick | 3/13/2011

    " I loved this story. At first, I didn't really understand what was going on, but the more that I read on, the more I got enchanted by the story. It's definitely original for its time and it dares to hint at subjects that many people of the time deemed unspeakable. How cool is that? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grampy | 10/10/2010

    " Frankly, I found the book rather boring. I know it's something of a classic, but I kept waiting for something to happen to grab my interest... right up until the book ended. If you're looking for a "SCARY" vampire story, keep looking; this isn't it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 10/3/2010

    " Had some ideas on vampirism I haven't come in contact with before, like the idea of suicides becoming vampires. The imagery of Carmilla in her coffin, complete with being submersed in blood was more visually graphic than I was expecting. Quick-paced, engaging, short read overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amara | 9/12/2010

    " Read in Best Ghost Stories of J. S. Le Fanu; read for Read by Theme's September 2012 theme, Teenage Protagonists. "

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